How to Connect Wireless Headphones to a TV

By Chris Waller

Updated September 28, 2017

Items you will need

  • Wireless headphones and base

  • Audio cables (see your owner's manuals for connector types)

Wireless headphones add convenience to your TV-watching.
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Living with a child, significant other or roommate who is on a different schedule than you can be a pain. Especially when you want to watch a DVD at two in the morning. Before, your options were to watch on mute with closed captioning turned on, or do without. Now, with wireless headphones, it's possible to make use of your flat-screen whenever you want without bothering anybody. Wireless headphone setup is an easy process that will allow your roommates to sleep easier at night.

Most wireless headphones include rechargeable batteries. You will need to charge them, using the headphone base, before installation can continue.

Connect the transmitter base of your headphones to your audio receiver or television. Using the proper cable for your device (see your owner's manuals), plug one end into the audio input on your wireless headphone transmitter, and the other into the audio out jack on your receiver or television.

Test your headphones. Turn on your television and select the function you wish to listen to. Turn it on and make sure your wireless headphones are also powered on. Adjust the volume to a comfortable level.


What type of cable you use will depend on your system. You may use analog audio cables, digital audio cables or just plug the base directly into a headphone jack. A digital audio input will give you the best sound quality if you have options.